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KIWI Magic (NZL - 20) lost the final of the LVC 1992   The challenger from New Zealand carried a tandem keel with a 9 ton lead bulb between.
Yacht / Country :   KIWI MAGIC/NZL Sail Number :        NZL 20 Syndicate :            New Zealand Challenge CEO :                    Michael Fay  Yacht Club:            Royal New Zealand Yacht                                                    Squadron Designer :             Bruce Farr Boat Builder :   Skipper:                Rod Davis 1992
The challenger from New Zealand carried a tandem keel with a 9 ton lead bulb between. She had no rudder-blade but was steered by flaps on the keel.  Yacht circles expected that NZL 20 will win the LVC because she was light, fast and handy with a professional crew. At the end she got troubles with an outrigger on top of her bow-sprit which was belayed with a line of her spinnaker. With this trick the boat could sail very fast gybes. Despite a controversy if really the IYRR sailing rule was fringed, NZL 20 was fined and lost one won race in the final following a protest of ITA 25. At the end the crew was changed, conventional spinnaker manoeuvre could not be extensively trained any more and NZL 20 lost the final – close - but lost.
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